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I’m just now getting back into my Secret Pumpkin/Turkey swaps! This one was from my Secret Pumpkin Lala. If I hadn’t known this was flavored rooibos, I might not have known, since it was mostly just rooibos. Thankfully, I like plain rooibos. Very occasionally I would get a hint of sweet almond in my sip, but it wasn’t throughout the sip, it was more like “ohh, ahh, nice, now back to rooibos”. This isn’t something I’d stock in my cupboard ‘cause really, if I wanted rooibos, I’d just buy rooibos, but I’ll definitely use up the sample.
Also, how many times can I include rooibos in a review? Many many times.
sample sidpdown! and i’m back down to 140 teas. 15 days ish to get through 35 more haha.
I received this in the mail the other day from Lala with a really thoughtful, surprise holiday card. :) It was a wonderful surprise to get in the mail! Thank you a bunch lala. This tea smells a lot like a combination of brioche and S&V’s sweet almond tea (i think it is…) that i enjoy.
I brewed this up this evening since i was in a bit of a holiday, festive mood after my afternoon with raritea. This has a great almond taste to it along with a bit of cinnamon. It’s not cinnamon heavy though – rather the cinnamon just enhances the almond flavour. over all a pretty tasty tea, though it’s a little thin? for my tastes. While drinking it, i kept wishing for it to have a bit more of a full feeling to it. however, still a delicious cup! thanks Lala
I received a lovely holiday card tea card in the mail yesterday from Lala. Thank you so much for the warm, generous, thoughtful gesture. I am truly touched by your kindness. In the card was a sample of this tea.
This is a nice light almond cinnamon tea. In Lala’s tasting note she suggests cake, I’m getting bakery, but I think more strudel or danish – yep almond, cinnamon “coffee cake” danish.
I’m not sure I would have bought this for myself, but am really happy to have gotten this sample. Thank you!!!
Thank you Lala for this sample. Received from my Secret Pumpkin package.
This blend smells very spicy and nutty. The coriander adds a herbal element to the spice, it is like a chai with a difference.
The orange comes through nicely in the flavour being sweet and creamy in the first few sips which is followed by a dry nutty and spicy chai like flavour. The pistachio is rather heavy for for a non pistachio fan like myself but it’s forgiving as by the time you think ‘yuck pistachio’ the spices come in and you end up thinking ‘yum spices’.
The orange actually becomes stronger as it cools which is a large plus for me as I love orange.
I like it, sort of orange tea meets a nutty chai tea.
A little taste of paradise this morning. I wish I was on a beach somewhere right now instead of here in the cold and snow! Maybe in the new year I will go on a trip.
I still really enjoy this. The papaya is coming out a little more today. I guess I got some bits in my tsp! The black base can get really astringent if brewed for too long though, so you kind of have to watch the time on this one.
Boiling water cooled off a little at 3 minutes.
Thank you Lala for this generous sample!
This tea is not as flavourful as I would of hoped as Lala mentioned. I still enjoy it though, the subtle black base and the subtle hints of orange. Not a tea I would choose if I wanted a big kick in the morning. It seems like an afternoon tea
Boiling water cooled down a bit for 4 minutes
This one initially reminded me of a chai, mostly because of the ingredients. But now that I have drank it, I would say nope, no chai in there.
This one tastes strongly nutty. Definitely a thick pistachio taste. But it is not super distinctive pistachio, I think I know it is pistachio because I knew that was one of the ingredients. The rooibos is kind of woody, but it is pairing really well with a sweet but light, and slightly bitter orange rind flavour. This is a blend where the woody taste of the rooibos is definitely working in favour of the tea. The pepper gives it is bit of heat but I would not call this a spicey tea. Very nice blend, definitely can drink this as the weather starts to turn colder.
Any of you who have been following me for a while and reading my notes will know that I have certain “difficulties” with pu’erh.
I just can’t find a pu’erh that I like. It all tastes fishy or mushroomy to me. I have found some highly flavoured pu’erhs that I can drink. I feel like I really need to buy some expensive stuff and try it out to know for sure because I have only tried relatively cheap and generic pu’erh. But I don’t want to spend lots of money on something I am pretty much guaranteed not to like. Tea drama all around.
This tea smells like cinnamon candies, mmmmmm cinnamon, uuuggghhh pu’erh!?! It smelled delicious, it is a flavoured loose tea, so I thought I would try it.
The dry tea is solid red hots candy smelling.
After brewing, immediately as I took the strainer out of my cup, I got a quick whiff of mushrooms. Proceed with caution.
The smell of the brewed tea is not terrible, strongly cinnamon but also earthy, not mushroomy though. A little less caution now.
The tea tastes like cinnamon, not as sweet as it smells. The pu’erh tea is strong under the cinnamon but it is more earthy tasting. So no fish. No mushrooms. I do feel like I am getting a taste of dirt every once in a while. More like fresh, moist potting soil. (No, I don’t eat potting soil, but if you are a gardener you will know what I mean). The liquor feels very thick. It tastes strong.
This one is kind of reminding me of cinnamon coffee for some reason. Overall not too bad. I think I can drink this one. I just have to keep telling myself that not all pu’erh is evil.
Attention Steepster. I love and hate you at the same time. I did not type for the last 5 minutes in order for you to just throw it all away without saving it. You are a cruel, cruel friend.
So back to the memories of this review…
I didn’t buy this one for me but I had to try it when I got home because it was so interesting. It also had rave reviews from the tea shop owner.
The dry tea reminds me so much of Christmas. It is black tea with red safflower petals and almond slivers. So pretty.
The dry tea does not really smell that amazing. It is kinda like cinnamon and nuts.
The brewed tea is delicious. The black tea and safflower petals give it a cake-y/heavy pastry flavour. There is a light cinnamon taste. It is more sweet cinnamon than spicey cinnamon. There is a light almond flavour. It is not marizipan like I find a lot of almond teas taste like, it is more natural almond taste.
This one reminds me of a coffee cake (heavy white cake/bread with cinnamon and sugar). I don’t think this one is going to last too long in my house. I will most likely go and get more.
I can imagine this would be great with milk and brown sugar, so I will just have to try another cup.
Hmm I’m pretty sure now I know Lala was my secret pumpkin!
In any case, maybe it’s my cold, or maybe I didn’t steep long enough, but this is a very light spice. I’m not detecting any pumpkin. I added a touch of sweetener. It’s not bad by any means but I’m not sure I’d go out of my way to purchase.
Made this one again this morning. I made the tea double strength and then added some brown rock sugar and milk. It is much more pumpkin pie/pumpkin dessert like this. I am getting the taste of pumpkin and autumn spices, I am also getting a bit of pastry taste. It is also very creamy, most likely from the milk I added but it is working well with this tea.
This is not a tea I would normally have purchased. I picked it up for the Secret Pumpkin exchange. Stepping outside the box!!
This one smells like a chai to me. Reminds me of Christmas spices, lots of cinnamon smell.
The tea tastes quite good. It is reminded me of pumpkin oatmeal cookies that my mom makes. Its essentially an oatmeal cookie with pumpkin paste mixed in. They are super soft and delicious. Pumpkin is not necessarily my favorite in pie form, but cookie form – delicious. There are definitely pumpkin pie spices. I taste cinnamon, maybe nutmeg.
I think the liquor could have been thicker, so next time I will have to try using more tea. I used 1 tsp for this cup. I think some creamer or milk may have helped bring out the dessert taste in this.
Overall not bad. I was worried that there was hibiscus in the ingredients but I can’t even tell its in there.
I actually did not intend to buy this tea. But I wasn’t paying attention and this is what I came home with.
This tea smells very sharp. There is definitely an almond smell. I would describe this tea as candied almond. There are small pieces of chopped up almond in the mix. The brewed tea smells like sweet almond. I almost get a hint of Granny Smith green apples.
The tea tastes strongly of rooibos. There is a sweetness from the rooibos. There is also an almond taste. Very slightly like marzipan but not quite. I get that little bit of apple flavour in the aftertaste.
Overall an ok tea for a rooibos blend, not what I wanted but I guess I should be paying more attention next time. Its like I get into a tea store and can’t even focus…there is too much to see and smell and I just want, want, WANT…ha ha. I think it is safe to say that is a common occurrence for most of us… :P
Picked this up at the local farmers market. I couldn’t resist the blood orange. I do wish though, I would have asked which tea was used to make it before I purchased it.
This ice cream was made with this tea: http://steepster.com/teas/cuppat-specialty-teas/36763-organic-blood-orange-rooibos which is a rooibos tea.
The ice cream did not taste so much like blood orange but more orange creamsicle, which is fine by me. But there was still a rooibos taste, which is strange in ice cream. The good thing is it wasn’t medicinal rooibos tasting. I would also describe it tasting like blood orange but without the tartness, like sweet orange maybe, and very creamy. So I am going to go back to saying it tasted like orange creamsicle.
This ice cream was good, but I think I would prefer an tea ice cream that is not made with rooibos.